Employment Task Force has been established to come up with a timeframe and a plan of action for the committee, which was established three years ago. The full taskforce includes the six Kilrush area councillors, the mayors of Kilrush and Kilkee, along with representatives from Shannon Development, the Clare County Enterprise Board, FÁS and the ESB, amongst a total of 14 business and community organisations.
The sub-committee, which was set up at a meeting in Carrigaholt on Monday, includes John Keogh from Shannon Development, Kilrush and Kilkee town clerk, John Corry, Kilrush and Kilkee town manager Nora Kaye and Independent county councillor Christy Curtin.
Councillor Curtin told The Clare Champion that the sub-committee will report to the November Kilrush Electoral Area council meeting, with a timescale and targets.
“The time for talk is over, it’s time to respond,” he said, with reference to the employment crisis in West Clare and throughout the county.
“We want to ensure that local organisations are responding to the immediate needs of the unemployed in West Clare.
“We will be seeking to establish links between the different organisations and ensure that employment or job creation advice will be readily available from once source,” Councillor Curtin said.
The taskforce has met 12 times inside the past three years and has consulted with 14 business and community organisations in an effort to help create employment opportunities in the region.
The taskforce was initially set up on foot of a motion from Kilkee Fianna Fáil county councillor Pat Keane.